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By Robert De Groat

Craftsmanship Gifts

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Any number of objects may be made and a personal totem or story connected with each one. The following list would be good for your room on the dresser, table or wall: trays, tie-racks, paperweights, letter-openers, small boxes with carved tops, bedposts and homemade furniture (if you have your own room exclusively), book ends, pen trays, ink stands; and for older people, ash trays, stands for high trays, floor lamps, table lamps and pipe racks.

Tomahawks

These objects are simple to carve and appeal to a good many fellows.  Besides being useful as part of Indian War Dances in Camp Pageants, they make an excellent decoration for a boy's room, especially if he has carved his animal totem on some part of the head or handle.

C totem 53.gif (17821 bytes)By searching around for old roots and parts of stumps, very grotesque and original effects can be procured.  Fox heads, wolf heads, buffalo heads (using protruding roots and branches as horns and ears) are among some of the animals that can be cut into the tomahawk, or, as Ralph Hubbard calls it, "the headache stick."

 

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